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Buffalo Zoo invites community to welcome new baby ocelot

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Fri, Dec 14th 2018 07:05 pm
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The Buffalo Zoo has announced the birth and public debut of a new female ocelot kitten, named Amara. Guests can see Amara on exhibit on Saturday, Dec. 15, during the Rainforest Falls Day celebration at the Buffalo Zoo.

In addition to seeing baby Amara, guests can view special animal enrichment demonstrations and hear short talks from the keepers who provide care for the animals in M&T Bank Rainforest Falls.

Amara's conception and birth were based on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Buffalo Zoo is a proud participant in the AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, which helps promote the survivability of this species and many others through planned breeding.

Born on Sept. 25, Amara is the third kitten for Ayla and Pedro.

Named by her keepers, Amara means "steadfast" and "immortal" and has German origins.

Mother Ayla has shown strong maternal instincts and is taking good care of the kitten.

After spending the first couple of months together behind-the-scenes with her mother, Amara has gradually been given access to her habitat.

“Amara is a very brave and curious kitten with a significant role. There's been a dramatic decline in ocelot populations throughout their range, and we need to do all we can to help save these species in the wild,” said general curator Lisa Smith.

The ocelot is most commonly found in Central and South America. In the U.S., the ocelot can be found throughout Texas and east to Arkansas and Louisiana, but due to hunting and habitat loss, are rarely seen. Researchers believe there may be as few as 100 ocelots living in the U.S. today.

Ocelots have golden fur over most of their body, with white on the belly, and are covered in dark patterns that are unique to the individual. As kittens, all ocelots have baby blue eyes that change to a darker yellow as they mature. Unlike most cats, they are great swimmers and often seek out water.

Modeled after the unique habitat within the Amazon basin in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, the fully enclosed M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit features a two-story waterfall, as well as ramps and overlooks to enable visitors to view dozens of colorful free-flighted birds. Inside this tropical paradise that is approximately 78°F year-round, visitors will also encounter a remarkable collection of species, including squirrel monkeys, brown capuchins, black howler monkeys, white-faced sakis, tamandua, vampire bats, giant anteaters, capybara, piranhas, giant river turtles, armadillos, dwarf caiman and an anaconda.

In addition to M&T Bank Rainforest Falls, the entire Buffalo Zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 pm.

The Buffalo Zoo is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the third-oldest zoo in the country. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For additional information about the Buffalo Zoo, visit www.buffalozoo.org.

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